This Cheesy Garlic Bread is made with Detroit Style Pizza Dough. The No Knead Pizza Dough is topped with chunks of cheese, then baked and finished with garlic butter and more cheese. This Garlic Bread with homemade dough is perfectly garlicky and chewy, and is the perfect accompaniment to any meal.
Table of contents
- Cheesy Garlic Bread
- Garlic Bread with Homemade Pizza Dough
- Adding Cheese to Pizza Dough
- How to make No Knead Pizza Dough
- How to Stretch and Fold Bread Dough
- Rising Process for Garlic Bread
- Best Cheese to use for Cheesy Garlic Bread
- Sample Schedule for Garlic Bread
- How to make Garlic Bread Small Batch.
- Best pan to use for Garlic Bread
- Questions and Tips for the best Garlic Bread
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- Cheesy Garlic Bread Recipe
Cheesy Garlic Bread
Hi hi! Just popping in to share the recipe for this Cheesy Garlic Bread! I tested and made this a bunch of times over the last few weeks, and I am just so excited to share the recipe with you.
This Garlic Bread is the perfect accompaniment to any meal, and is especially good served alongside a lasagna or soup. It is perfectly cheesy and garlicky, and the dough is soft and chewy. The detroit style pizza dough has an overnight rest so you can prepare this ahead of time and have perfect homemade cheesy garlic bread from scratch.
Detroit Style Pizza is a deep dish style pizza made in a square or rectangle baking pan. It generally has a thick layer of cheese that goes edge to edge in the pan, so when it bakes it has a crispy, cheesy crust. Detroit style pizza dough is super easy to make and my no-knead garlic butter version comes together with very little effort.
Garlic Bread with Homemade Pizza Dough
This Cheesy Garlic Bread is made with a no knead Detroit Style Pizza Dough, which is a riff on my focaccia recipe. The dough has an overnight rise, then is left to rise again the next day. There are a few steps but the overall process is so worth it!
- Make the dough. The no knead detroit style pizza dough is made the night before, then left to rise overnight in the fridge.
- Turn the dough out into the pan. The dough gets turned out into an oiled pan, and is left to spread out. You dimple it outwards every 10-20 minutes.
- Add the cheese. Chunks of cheese get dotted over the surface of the dough so that when it rises, it surrounds the cheese. This is what gives you melty pockets of cheese within the bread.
- Leave to rise. The garlic bread goes through its rising process - this takes 3-4 hours so make sure that you account for it.
- Bake. Once the dough is risen and puffy, pop it into the oven and bake until deep golden brown.
- Add Garlic and Cheese. Once the bread has baked, top with garlic butter and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese, and return to the oven until the cheese has gone nice and melty.
- Finish with Garlic Butter. Once the bread is done, finish with the rest of the garlic butter. You could also garnish with herbs such as parsley here! Slice into chunks and enjoy! I serve mine plain but you could also serve with some marinara sauce for dipping.
Adding Cheese to Pizza Dough
This Cheesy Garlic Bread has cheese added two ways - risen in the dough itself and grated on the top. Once the dough has been added to the pan, chunks of cheese are dotted over the dough. When the cheese is added to the dough, as the dough rises it rises around the chunks of the cheese.
The result of this is pizza dough that is studded with chunks of cheese throughout. I borrowed this idea from Peter Reinhart's Detroit Style Pizza book. The chunks of cheese throughout are melty and delicious and go so well with the garlic butter.
How to make No Knead Pizza Dough
The process of making no knead pizza dough is almost identical to my method of making my no knead focaccia. I dropped the hydration on my dough (this is 84% whereas my focaccia is about 89%. I also used all bread flour as opposed to a mixture of bread and All Purpose flour like I use in the focaccia recipe. Using a high protein flour gives a much stronger bread that is slightly chewier and perfect for making this cheesy garlic bread.
- Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. If you are using active dry yeast, see the FAQ for this.
- Add in oil and water and mix until you get a shaggy dough.
- Leave to sit for 5 minutes - this lets the dough start to hydrate properly.
- Perform three sets of stretch and folds, each 2 minutes apart, to build strength.
- Shape the dough into a ball and place into an oiled container to rise.
How to Stretch and Fold Bread Dough
While the dough doesn't require kneading I do get you to do a series of turns of the dough to build strength before it is left to rise. Stretch and folds are a sourdough technique and are a quick way to help develop gluten in the dough.
In this recipe, you do three sets of stretch and folds, with each set consisting of 16 folds (four times around the bowl with a fold every 90 degrees) The sets of stretch and folds are spaced two minutes apart. As you stretch and fold, you will notice the dough starting to smooth out and develop strength. Here is how you perform one set of stretch and folds:
- Wet your hands and remove the cover from the bowl.
- Take a section of the dough and stretch it up and fold it onto itself.
- Rotate the bowl 90° and repeat the process. Repeat this two more times until you have gone around the bowl.
- Do three more rounds of stretch and folds around the bowl (so each set will have 16 stretch and folds, or four trips around the bowl)
- Rest the dough for 2 minutes.
If this seems confusing, just know that you are performing three sets of 16 stretch and folds, spaced two minutes apart.
Rising Process for Garlic Bread
Once the dough is spread out in the pan, it needs 3-4 hours to rise until it is puffy and jiggy. Make sure you account for this. The time also depends on your environment, so make sure you go by your dough and not the time.
If you want to speed up the dough rising slightly, you can create a humid warm environment. I like to do this in the oven - I place an oven pan on the bottom of the oven or the bottom shelf (with the oven off), and fill it with boiling water. This makes the inside of the oven nice and warm and steamy which is the perfect environment for rising your dough. Make sure you leave a note that there is dough in the oven so you don't turn it on by mistake!
If at any point you are worried things are moving too quickly and you are not ready to bake your bread yet, the fridge is your friend when you are working with a yeasted dough. Just pop the whole pan back into the fridge to slow down the rising process and buy yourself some more time.
Best Cheese to use for Cheesy Garlic Bread
You can use whatever cheese you like for this cheesy garlic bread, but I would ideally go for something mild and melty. I used Havarti (I used Castello Brand) which comes in a 200g block, which was perfect for this as I grated half and did half in the chunks to rise in the dough.
You could use a mozzarella or a mild cheddar here, or mix it up with what you like! Something that is a little soft and will get nice and soft in the oven is great. You could also finish with a grating of parmesan cheese.
Sample Schedule for Garlic Bread
The great thing about this no knead detroit style pizza dough I use for this Cheesy garlic bread is that it is super versatile. It needs about 12 hours in the fridge to rise, but you can leave it up to a few days. Sometimes I make a double of the dough and pop it into two separate containers. Then I can just bring some out and bake off as needed.
It is best to make the dough at least the night before you make the garlic bread. I usually make the pizza dough the night before. Then I start the rising process 5 hours before I want to bake the garlic bread.
If you want to do two rises in the fridge this should work too. You will need to take the time to let the dough settle in the pan and then add the cheese and cover with plastic wrap. Leave on the counter for about half an hour to kick start the rising process. Then place into the fridge overnight. The next day, pull the dough out from the fridge and leave to stand on the counter while the oven preheats. It may need a little more time to come back to room temperature and finish rising. Make sure that it is puffy and jiggly.
How to make Garlic Bread Small Batch.
If you would like to small batch this cheesy garlic bread, it will work great! I tested this loads with my Focaccia recipe. If you like, you can halve the recipe and bake it in either a 9"(23cm) round pan or an 8" (20cm) square. You could also make a full batch of the no knead pizza dough and divide it in two (deli containers work great for this), and bake half off at a time as a small batch. You will need half the cheese and half the garlic butter quantities, and it may take a little less time to rise.
Best pan to use for Garlic Bread
For this recipe you must use a nonstick metal baking pan. Do not try and make this recipe with glass. Glass is a very poor conductor of heat and so I do not recommendit for this recipe. Glass can also stick very badly. The high heat needed for the baking will not work with a glass dish and you will have sticking issues.
I used this pan, but anything that is non stick and made of metal will work well. If you are worried about sticking, you can butter the pan before you grease it. You can also divide the dough into two and do two 9" (23cm) rounds or two 8" (20cm) squares at once (or one of each) if you don't have a 9"x13" pan.
Questions and Tips for the best Garlic Bread
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Bread flour is flour which is higher in protein. It is referred to as high grade or strong flour if you are outside of the US! If you can't get bread flour this recipe should also work with all-purpose flour. The crust will just be a little softer.
I didn't have one here but if you wanted to make sure you get a really crispy bottom on your garlic bread, you can preheat the oven with a baking stone or pizza steel in there. I use one whenever I can when I am making detroit style pizza and it makes a big difference!
This garlic bread is best eaten hot from the oven, but if you need to, you could try making it ahead. To do this, you could bake it until it is nearly done, but hold off on adding the garlic butter and grated cheese. Then when you are ready to serve it, cover with foil, then pop it back into the oven to warm up, then bring out and add the garlic butter and cheese, then bake again as per the recipe and add more garlic butter. This should warm up the bread and give the cheese a chance to melt.
I don't think this would freeze well sorry!
Yes, you will just have to activate it. To do this, combine the water from the recipe with the sugar and yeast then leave to sit until foamy. Then proceed with the recipe.
Yes, that will work fine, just hold off on the salt in the garlic butter a little.
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A note on salt and oven temperature
It is important to note the type of salt that is called for in a recipe. I use Diamond Crystal salt throughout my recipes - if you use a different sort of kosher salt or regular table salt you will need to adjust accordingly as some salt is 'saltier' than others. Morton's salt is twice as salty, so you will need half the quantity. Same goes for a regular table salt. I am working to get gram measurements throughout my recipes for salt but still getting there.
All oven temperatures are conventional unless otherwise stated. If you are baking on fan / convection, you will need to adjust the temperature. An oven thermometer is a great investment to ensure that your oven is the correct temperature.
Using the double / triple function in the recipe card
You will notice that there is a '1X' '2X' '3X' button in my recipe card. This can be used for doubling or tripling a recipe. However, please note that this only doubles the ingredient quantities in the ingredients list and NOT in the method. If there are quantities or pan sizes in the method of the recipe (for example weigh out 150g brown butter), you will need to scale this number manually. It will also not change the baking time in the recipe so you will need to adjust this yourself too. It is always a good idea to read through a recipe fully before doubling it just to check this. If you would like to scale this recipe or convert for another pan size, use my calculator!
Tools and equipment
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Why is this recipe in grams?
I post my recipes in grams as it is the most accurate way to bake. Cups are not only inaccurate but they vary in volume worldwide. There is no way for me to provide one cup measure that works for everyone. However, posting in weight fixes this issue. If you would like the recipe in cups you are welcome to convert it yourself via google, but please do not ask me to do it for you as I am not comfortable providing a recipe using a method that I have not tested. Baking with a scale is easy, accurate, and also makes cleanup super simple. Here is the scale that I use if you would like a recommendation! Here's to accurate baking!
Cheesy Garlic Bread RecipePrint
This Cheesy Garlic Bread is made with Detroit Style Pizza Dough. The No Knead Pizza Dough is topped with chunks of cheese, then baked and finished with garlic butter and more cheese. This Cheesy Garlic Bread is perfectly garlicky and chewy, and is the perfect accompaniment to any meal.
No Knead Pizza Dough
- 4g (1 tsp) instant yeast (see FAQ for active dry yeast)
- 5g granulated sugar
- 7g salt
- 480g bread flour
- 16g good quality olive oil
- 405g water, lukewarm
- 200g soft, mild cheese such as havarti or mozzarella
- Additional oil for greasing bowl and pan
- 120g unsalted butter, cold from the fridge is fine
- 5-6 cloves garlic, finely minced or grated on a microplane
- Big pinch of Flaky Sea Salt such as Maldon (or a small pinch if you have used salted butter)
- Flaky Sea Salt such as Maldon to finish (optional)
NO KNEAD DETROIT STYLE PIZZA DOUGH
- In a large bowl, combine the yeast, sugar, salt, and bread flour. Add the olive oil and water, and mix until a shaggy dough forms. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and leave to stand for 5 minutes.
- Perform a set of stretch and folds on the dough. To do this, wet your hands, then take a section of the dough and stretch it up and fold it onto itself. Rotate the bowl 90° and repeat the process. Repeat this two more times until you have gone around the bowl, then do two more sets of stretch and folds around the bowl (a total of 16 stretch and folds). Cover the bowl with the tea towel and leave to sit for 2 minutes.
- Repeat the stretch and folding and resting process two more times, for a total of three sets of stretch and folds, each two minutes apart. The dough will start to strengthen as you do the turns.
- Turn the dough out onto a work surface and shape into a ball. Place into an oiled bowl and turn the dough over in the bowl to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid (to make sure it doesn't dry out), then place in the fridge overnight, a minimum of 12 hours but up to 2 days.
- Cut half the cheese you are using into small cubes. Grate the rest and place in a covered container in the fridge.
- About five hours before you want to serve your garlic bread, generously drizzle a 9"x13" (23cmx33cm) non stick baking pan with olive oil. Turn the risen dough out into the pan and turn it to fully coat it in the oil. Shape into a rough rectangle shape by pressing it down with your oiled fingers and tucking edges and corners in if needed. Cover and leave to sit for 10 minutes to relax.
- Gently spread the dough toward the edges of the pan using your oiled fingers. Cover and leave to sit for 15 minutes, then dimple again. Leave for a further 15 minutes and then repeat the dimpling process.
- Dot the surface of the dough with the cubes of cheese, arranging them so they are evenly spread out.
- Cover the pan with plastic wrap or a lid. If using plastic wrap stretch it tight so it does not touch the dough. Leave the dough to rise for 3-4 hours, until very puffy and jiggly. The dough will surround the cubes of cheese. If at any point you are worried about the dough rising too fast and you are not ready to bake, you can slow down the rising time by putting the pan of dough into the fridge.
- About 20 minutes before you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 425°f / 220°c (conventional, not fan), and arrange a rack in the middle of the oven.
- Uncover the pan. drizzle the risen dough with a little olive oil and dimple gently with oiled fingers. If bubbles form just let them be - do not pop them.
- Bake the bread for 18-20 minutes, until deep golden brown. While the bread is baking, make the garlic butter and have ready alongside the grated cheese.
- Place the butter and garlic in a small saucepan. Place over medium low heat.
- Heat until the butter is melted, and then continue to heat for a further 1-2 minutes, stirring often, to help infuse the butter with the garlic and take the raw bite out of the garlic.
- Remove from the heat and add a big pinch of flaky sea salt (or kosher salt) and set aside until ready to use.
- When the bread is baked, remove from the oven and immediately brush with half of the garlic butter. Scatter the grated cheese over the surface of the bread, and return it to the oven for 2-3 minutes until the cheese has fully melted and started to bubble.
- Remove the bread from the oven and brush on the rest of the garlic butter. Finish with flaky sea salt.
- Transfer from the pan to a wire rack soon after baking to ensure that the bottom of the bread does not go soggy.
- Allow to cool slightly before slicing. Best served warm.
- Store leftovers lightly covered at room temperature. Re-warm before eating if desired.
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